One of Australia's foremost artists, Robyn Caughlan is known for her textile designs, murals and paintings.

Born in 1949, the sixth child of a mother descended from Darug and Darkinjung people, and an Irish Catholic father, she moved to a foster home at five and attended convent schools until leaving at 13. Married at 17 with 3 children by the time she was 21, she was trapped in a marriage punctuated by episodes of domestic violence. Only at the age of 30 did she become aware of her Aboriginal heritage.

Her 1st exhibition at the Australian museum in 1986 launched her artistic career. Robyn has since had 14 solo exhibitions and over 70 group exhibitions, taking her art and fashion designs to Egypt, Singapore, and the UK, the Sydney Opera House, the National Maritime Museum, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and has held her own fashion show in Milan.

 “I love finding creative ways of getting my expressions across about my spirituality,
my aboriginal background and, of course, the heritage of our land."

Nominated for Aboriginal Artist of the Year in 1990 and 1991, her works are now part of collections at various museums and art galleries including the National Maritime Museum, the Powerhouse Museum and the Keraya Art Museum in Helsinki, Finland.

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Robyn Caughlan

Robyn Caughlan